Dec. 13, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Former Irish great Austin Carr, who played at Notre Dame from 1968-71and still remains the school’s all-time career scoring with 2,560 career points and a 34.6 career scoring average, will be the third individual to be inducted into the Notre Dame Basketball Ring of Honor inside Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. His legacy and achievements will be celebrated during halftime of Notre Dame’s BIG EAST matchup with Seton Hall on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. The contest is scheduled to tip off at 7:00 p.m. (ET) and will be televised by ESPNU.
Carr will join Luke Harangody (2006-10) and Ruth Riley (1997-2001) as Notre Dame’s third member to the Ring of Honor. Harangody was the first honoree as he was honored in February 2010, while Riley followed him in November 2010.
The Ring of Honor was established by the Notre Dame athletics department to honor former and present men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball players who have made distinguished and noteworthy contributions during their careers while student-athletes at the University. A committee that consists of Irish coaches and administrators helps to determine the inductees.
Inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November 2007, Carr played for the Irish for three season, and nearly 40 years following his graduation, and still today, remains the school’s all-time career scoring leader. A consensus All-American during his senior season in 1970-71, Carr was the National Player of the Year by both Associated Press and United Press International in ’71. He ranks as the greatest scorer in NCAA tournament history, thanks to his 41.3 career scoring average in NCAA games. Carr still holds the record NCAA tournament single game scoring record with 61 points against Ohio University in ’70, one of six NCAA tournament marks he holds and has posted three of the top five single-game scoring efforts.
While at Notre Dame, he played in 74 career contests and scored 40 or points on 23 occasions. A three-year starter, he averaged 22.0 ppg., as a sophomore, 38.1 ppg., as a junior and 37.9 ppg. Carr’s 34.6 career scoring average ranks second all-time on the NCAA list.
Carr was the first player chosen in the 1971 National Basketball Association Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers and played 10 seasons in the NBA.